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We All Rise – The Bellwether Syndicate (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It is fair to say that I am a sucker for music made in that magical realm where darker, more gothically-inclined attitudes subsume rock...

Your Still Saving Me – Relentless Pursuit (reviewed by The Night...

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Juxtapositions. A long word I tend to throw into reviews now and again to sound clever? An unexpected collision of two unexpected elements? Well,...

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys let out a Howl ahead...

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Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys present 'Howl', the final single from their forthcoming 'Heaving' album, which will be released on April 7 via Unique Records, a division...

O Torto Santo – Bike (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Ahead of a new album, Arte Bruta, Brazilian psych-rockers Bike have released “O Torto Santo” to lay the groundwork. And what a single it...

Never Gone – Rene Erickson (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It never fails to amaze me how communicative instrumental music can be with just a few simple prompts. If lyrics are a shorthand to...

Beautiful Thing – Peach & Quiet (reviewed by David Marx)

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If this nigh superlative album is anything to go by, it’s no wonder a great many reviewers raved about their debut, Just Beyond The...

Thrill of the Night – The NEW Bardots (reviewed by Dave...

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You can argue that rock' n' roll found its perfect form a long time ago, any time from the late 60's to the early...

Girl Behind The Mask – Various Artists (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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I've said it many times before, but it needs to be repeated often and loudly. There is a sweet spot between pop and rock...

For Knows No Bounds – Death.wav (reviewed by Baron Daker)

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If you are used to hip-hop, rap, R&B and all such urban musical forms taking a specific sonic shape, then Death.wav is here to...

Alchemy – Will Lawton and the Alchemists (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Making an impact with music through the use of increased volume and sudden, sharp sonic moves isn’t the hardest thing in the world to...

Massenkater – Dadanaut (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Instrumental music often feels more evocative and loaded with meaning, just by virtue of the fact that without direct lyrical communication to distract and...

Expand Your Circles – Mahamaya Experience (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Even when you expect the unexpected, the music of Mahamaya Experience is still a beguiling and surprising prospect. This time out, it feels as...

Between pop and a hard place – a chat with Jim...

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We've covered this when we spoke before, but for those unfamiliar with the band, can you give me a potted history? Jim: Myself and bass...

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World! A quick chat with...

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Let's start with some background, how did the band initially come about, what musical paths brought you together, and what are some of the...

Akumu – Calsocold (reviewed by Baron Daker)

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Akumu. (Noun.) The Japanese word for a nightmare. With a title like that, we, the listener, are forewarned of the subject matter and themes Calsocold...

Premiere: Lovescope – Sir-Vere (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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There is something going on in Sir-Vere's music which reminds me of the 90s. And I don't mean that in a detrimental way; I'm...

Premiere: Noisebeat – Leathers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Anything that sounds like those formative proto-punk days, the time before the genre's gatekeepers had laid down the rules and dogma, a time of...

Broken Glass – Dixie Ziemba (reviewed by Darren Baker)

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Broken Glass is that rarest of things. A pop song, well, a pop ballad anyway, that rather than make itself known by pitching the...

Here To Stay – Street Outlaws (reviewed by David Marx)

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Hmm, Street Outlaws: the amazingly unwatchable American shite-fest which premiered in 2013; or the full-throttle, Swindon, UK based three-piece, whose penchant for gungho-grit mayhem...

Lamento Cubano – Lourdes Pita (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Music is always able to morph itself into many forms. Some are bombastic. Some infectious. It may be energetic or ambient. But music is...

Old Soul – Jake Merritt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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There are plenty of "guys with guitars" plying their trade out there, although some might prefer the term singer-songwriter, or perhaps even troubadour, who are...

Badlands – Ben Eastman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It comes as no surprise to find that besides releasing music in the form of albums (over yen in the last decade), Ben Eastman...

Million Dollar Space – Nonstop To Cairo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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At a point where rock meets funk, where sassy soul meets pop-aware groove, where old notions of musical tribalism and generic demarcations are seen...

Un Altra Città (I’ll Go On ) – Angelo Morra (reviewed...

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There is always something interesting about reviewing music in a language other than your own. Without the direct communication of the words to lead...

Thrive – Slang (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Perhaps the reason that I appreciate Slang's ability to wander across sound and style, jump genres and break down musical demarcations comes from the...

Favorite Enemy – Avenue Army (reviewed by The Night Writer)

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Alt Rock, laced with just enough of a grunge vibe to tip their hats to the likes of Pearl Jam, Avenue Army have a...

Needle and Thread – Vincent Van Beethoven (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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We get so used to modern songs being of the moment and a bit throw-away that we sometimes forget the profundity and power that...

Ukiyo! – Calsocold (reviewed by Baron Daker)

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Revelling in the past is all very good, but the best music, or the most original and forward-thinking creations, are made by people looking...

Village Songs, Brazil – Mahamaya Experience (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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When people use the term "world music", I think they get the idea back to front. For many, it is a way of categorising...

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Amacio Favor (reviewed by The Night Writer)

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Having been impressed with last year's grunge-infused Hate To Love, I was intrigued to see how Favor would approach this seminal Heavy Metal work...